Amy Fellgren is a master’s student majoring in Biology at the University of West Florida. Her thesis project focuses on the use of environmental DNA to quantify species richness of marine mammals in three oceanic regions. Through this study, she hopes to learn how to apply new and more efficient methods of analysis, using molecular tools and techniques, to questions surrounding species populations and conservation.
Scott Alford is a Ph.D. student with the University of Florida studying Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. His research focuses on the effects of salinity on estuarine food webs: integrating field, lab, and modeling approaches to predict consequences of altered salinity in the Suwannee River estuary. His ultimate goal is to continue in a coastal research-oriented career in the Gulf of Mexico.
Katherine Harris is a master’s student majoring in Biology at the University of Central Florida. Her research focuses on the impact of the boring sponge (Cliona celata) on oyster reefs in Mosquito Lagoon, Florida. Throughout her research progress, she strives to be involved in community outreach and education to inspire people to take an active role in the management and restoration of crucial oyster reef habitats.
2020 Guy Harvey Scholars
Elizabeth Duermit-Moreau is a Ph.D. student studying Fisheries and Aquatic Science at the University of Florida. For her dissertation, she is studying stone crab disease ecology. In particular, she wants to know how fishing pressure and habitat degradation in Florida Bay affect pathogen profiles of stone crabs. She strives to leave a lasting impact on the marine ecological field.
Matthew Schumm is a Ph.D. student in Ecology and Evolution at Florida State University. He is excited to study population dynamics, distributions and evolution of marine and aquatic organisms. He is particularly interested in studying the effects of harvest on evolution and demography using quantitative modeling, observations, and experiments.
2020 FOWA Scholarship
Anna Bunyak is an undergraduate at the State College of Florida. Bunyak has participated in showing beef cattle at prospect shows across the state of Florida. Heavily involved in 4-H and the Junior Florida Cattlemen’s Association, she points to her time in the showring, cow pens, and pastures as experiences that developed her interest in communicating about the agriculture industry with the public. She plans to pursue a degree in agriculture education and communication.
Savannah Gardner is an undergraduate at the University of Florida studying agricultural education and communication. Recently, Gardner completed a year-long study with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Florida State University to determine the effects of humans on artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, she is a communications intern for UF Innovate, a startup incubator within the university. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural education and communication from the University of Florida.
Sergio Gonzalez is a master’s candidate in agronomy at the University of Florida. Gonzales works on habitat and invasive species management in the Everglades. He is also an aviator with experience piloting aircraft in support of research and management agency objectives in south Florida. He recently started an aerial ecotour operation to tell people the story of the Everglades and takes and shares photos using the tagline “Raw nature; unedited photography.”
Elizabeth Walsh is a master’s candidate in fisheries and aquatic sciences at the University of Florida. She is a graduate student researching invasive mosquitofish. Walsh is also a sixth-grade science teacher in the Tampa Bay area and a regular volunteer at the Florida Aquarium where she combines her interests in marine biology with public communication, assisting guests, and discussing the biology and ecology of stingrays.
2020 Knauss Marine Policy Fellows
Kristin Butler is a master’s student in marine conservation at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. For her Knauss Fellowship, Butler will be working at the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (Minority).
Bryan Keller is a Ph.D. student in biological oceanography at Florida State University. For his dissertation, he is studying the spatial ecology of elasmobranch fishes. He will study the role of magnetic-based navigation in the seasonal migrations of coastal sharks. For her Knauss Fellowship, Keller will be working at the NOAA-NMFS, Office of International Fisheries.
Amelia Roskar is a master’s student in biological science at Florida Atlantic University. Grace’s research focused on the characterization of the distribution and habitat use of elasmobranchs in the southern Indian River Lagoon. During her fellowship, Roskar will be serving as a fisheries habitat science specialist at the NOAA-NMFS, Office of Science and Technology.
Alexandra Skrivanek is a Ph.D. student in geology at the University of Florida. For her dissertation, she is studying inferences of last interglacial sea-level variability from circum-Caribbean fossil reefs. For her Knauss Fellowship, Skrivanek will be working as a policy analyst in the NOAA-HQ, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
Kathryn Slattery earned a J.D. with a focus on environmental and natural resource law at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. She plans to dedicate her career to increasing the resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems. Slattery will be serving as national nutrient criteria program fellow at U.S. EPA, Nutrient Criteria Program.
Nature Coast Biological Station Scholar
Jamila Roth is an interdisciplinary ecology Ph.D. student in the University of Florida/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. For her research, she wants to know whether having several different species of seagrass affects seagrass resilience and its ability to support the food chain. Her goal is to produce research findings that will help environmental agencies conserve and restore seagrass.
NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship– Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Nicholas Fisch is pursuing a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Aquatic Science at the University of Florida. His research aims to determine whether there are suitable alternatives to the multinomial likelihood for modeling age and size composition data within fisheries stock assessments. He hopes that a career in fisheries modeling and stock assessment will help lead to more sustainable fisheries and ultimately a more sustainable future.